Sunday, 13 August 2017

August Meeting

The north east group met yesterday for the first time since the 35th anniversary bash and were treated to a masterclass in point bending. Rod McCall showed us all how he uses his own method (as described in the 2mm Magazine) to bend a turnout to almost any desired radius, within reason of course. His starting pitch was to hand round a turnout that had been curved and asked the question "How did it start out" Everyone guessed wrongly because it started out life as a right handed turnout but finished up depicting a very slightly left hand curved.The process as descibed by Rod and illustrated in front of everyone is really simple and straightforward.

In the picture you see us all sat listening to Rod. Also most noticable behind him is the 2mm Scale Association new Road Show banner for the larger shows. Very impressive.

Mick S.

Friday, 24 March 2017

For Sale: Brafferton

Due to changes in my circumstances, i am offering this layout for sale:

Saturday, 17 December 2016

NEAG Christmas meeting update

A good number of NEAG members came along for the Christmas meeting, the theme of which was a 'show and tell' day.

My apologies straight away for the poor quality of photographs. My old compact wasn't up to the poor lighting conditions without a tripod and some of the images weren't even good enough for reproduction on the blog, but hopefully you will get a flavour of what was on show.

Above we see John Aldrick's 'Ivybridge' with some of those lovely kit built coaches for which John has become very well known. Although in its very early stages the layout is very nice and just shows what can be achieved scenically in 2FS.

Above, Tony Simms brought along his embryonic 'Hull Bridge' layout that uses foamboard as its basis. Very lightweight indeed.

Anthony Yeates had with him 'Corrieshalloch' for all to see the progress. Anthony said he had't managed to get as much done lately as he would have liked but if you ask  me it's shaping up quite nicely. Because the layout has its own lighting you can possibly see a slight improvement in the picture quality.

More of Anthony's work here with track now ballasted and examples of models produced from his own etchings.

Here is my own little project layout, a minimum space (2' 6" scenically) and very basic indeed, simplicity being the order of the day. I'm not going to blether on about it here but I will be 'writing it up'.

What I will do here is answer one of the most frequently asked questions of the afternoon. What's it sitting on? These are trestles that have been made (or rather are being made, because they're not quite finished yet) from a German product called Combitech.

Our local supplier is none other than Edward Sissling who stocks it at his Bradford based architectural ironmongery business. Here's web address to the site's Hobby and Craft section.
You may have to copy and paste this into your browser.

If that fails just google A C Sissling and click on the Hobby and Craft tab on the home page. Combitech is extremely light and although a little more expensive than timber is much more durable so will last through several layouts....!

Compliments of the season to all.

Mick S.

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Hull Bridge - Old School - New Beginning

Time to start on a new layout. After Brafferton, I want a bit of a change; a smaller layout and a different era.

Hull Bridge will be a Hull and Barnsley layout set in the early c20th. Hull Bridge itself is a fictitious location and supposes that the H&BR built another small goods yard just east of Sculcoates goods station, on the opposite side of the River Hull. It will be urban in nature with ranges of warehousing and goods handling facilities.

I already have a baseboard, built with foamboard, that was originally intended for a BR blue layout subsequently aborted as James lost interest in model railways. I have successfully used this technique for baseboard construction before on Masham.

I have also decided to go back to basics, so the trackwork is all copperclad soldered construction and of necessity I will have to scratchbuild/kitbash much of the stock. The buildings will be generally of card construction with brickpaper rendering.

So far I have developed a track plan and applied this to the existing baseboard. I have made a start on track work with some lengths of plain track and one crossover manufactured. ]

I have yet to finalise the scenic features and would welcome any input on the nature of the buildings and any photographic examples that might help me along.

As always, any comments are more than welcome.

Sunday, 2 October 2016

NEAG Meeting Update

The picture shows a reduced number of NEAG members (Due to Wigan show and other abstractions...!) being guided through the topic for the day by Martin.

In addition to the innovative design of templates for constructing turnouts using flat bottomed rail Martin also displayed early examples of his laser cut servo mounting plates, and described the more expensive 3D printed versions which he does not recommend. He also had with him some interesting pieces of kit for controlling servos (MERG ones) and some very reasonably priced relays for changing crossing polarity. All together quite an interesting afternoon.

I've not placed any pictures here but there will be some eventually because as can be seen our own 2mm Magazine Editor was present and I understand there may be something in preparation for a future issue of the 2mm Magazine.

As aforesaid, while we were all enjoying the afternoon discussion/demo certain of our number were flying the flag at Wigan where as I understand things a sound decoder was purchased and fitted during the show. I'm hoping there may be some news of that here soon.

I have been conductiing my own experiments with sound and a small project type layout of very minimalistic proportions. I'll be posting some pictures here in the not too distant future so keep your eyes peeled...!

Mick S

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

NEAG Meeting notice

In the Distant
North East Area Group meeting information.
Saturday 1st October 2016
St Barnabas Church Hall Bournmoor
Time - Please Note 2pm - 6.00pm.

 (I've managed to get a notice out this time....!)

The next meeting of our group will be Saturday the 1st October. On Saturday we will be treated to a presentation and practical demonstration by Martin Stewart on the subject of turnouts using flat bottom rail. While working on his current layout ‘Ketton Cement’ Martin has developed a jig based
system that will enable anyone wanting to build modern points in a relatively short time.

In a nutshell it involves putting together a skeleton of soldered construction then filling in the spaces with laser cut sleeper bases - ‘simples’ as the meercats would say, but I’m not going to steal any more of Martin’s thunder - more next week. Suffice to say this is a sound development which Martin presented to those who attended the Forth and Clyde group Supermeet in Perth earlier this year. Martin has also developed some laser cut servo mounting plates which look just the job for easily mounting servos beneath the baseboard for turnout, signal or any other kind of remotely operated novelty you might wish to install on your layout. I have asked him to bring some along on Saturday.

Mick S.

Saturday, 4 June 2016

NEAG Meeting Update

I must try and remember to post details of upcoming meetings....!

The NEAG meeting today was a collaborative effort with me showing a couple of my current small projects and three other group members giving us an account of what they've been up to lately.

The first picture shows yours truly laying my very first minimum space layout on the table. The project is inspired by memories of the transport of explosives to Callerton near Newcastle upon Tyne in the late 1980s.

The second shot shows it at an early stage (last week...!) before the one and only turnout on the layout was installed. The appendage to the right is not a crossbow, honest. It is my very first attempt at a sector plate. I'm quite looking forward to getting on with this micro layout and will put some update on here as soon as there's anything worthy of showing. 

Item number two in the afternoon listings was Alan Whitehouse who outlined the story behind "Fine Scale in 48 Hours" where he and I constructed a layout at Railex in Aylesbury over the 48 hours from Friday to Sunday evening last weekend.

Edward Sissling followed this by demonstrating the assembly of his latest project Ripley Ville Goods. The superstructure is Combitech, a product sold by Edward through the hobby and craft section of his family business. This is Combitech if anyone is interested

The final presentation of the afternon was by Rod McCall who showed us how he has been manipulating the 2mm Scale Association turnout kits to prodce all manner of different geometry from standard kit parts, plus his own scratch built examples using 2mm Scale Association parts

Above is a curved from a straight B9 and below a fully ballasted completed example.

Mick S.